Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who is authorized to act on behalf of another; an agent.
  • noun An employee of the Roman emperor in civil affairs, especially in finance and taxes, in management of imperial estates and properties, and in governing minor provinces.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The manager of another's affairs; one who acts for or instead of another, and under his authority: especially, one who undertakes the care of any legal proceedings for another, and stands in his place; a proctor; an agent; in Scotland, one who represents a party in the inferior courts.
  • noun In Roman history, a financial agent or manager in an imperial province, corresponding to the questor in a senatorial province; also, an administrator of the imperial fiscus, or treasury, or one of certain other personal agents or representatives of the emperor.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Law) One who manages another's affairs, either generally or in a special matter; an agent; a proctor.
  • noun (Rom. Antiq.) A governor of a province under the emperors; also, one who had charge of the imperial revenues in a province.
  • noun (Scots Law) public prosecutor, or district attorney.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tax collector.
  • noun An agent or attorney.
  • noun A legal officer who both investigates and prosecutes crimes, found in some inquisitorial legal systems, particularly communist or formerly communist states – see public procurator

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person authorized to act for another
  • noun (ancient Rome) someone employed by the Roman Emperor to manage finance and taxes

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English procuratour, from Old French, from Latin prōcūrātor, from prōcūrāre, to take care of; see procure.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Borrowed from Latin procurator, from prōcūrō ("I procure") (English procure). Surface analysis is procure +‎ -ator.

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  • c1300 St. Brendan (Laud) 361 in C. Horstmann Early S.-Eng. Legendary (1887) 229 This procuratour heom cam ayghein and welcomede heom a-non, And custe seint brendanes fet and the Monekes echon.

    April 19, 2008

  • See also: proctor.

    May 9, 2008